Review Detail

Hilarious
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
I was first introduced to Alvin Ho when it was a nominated Cybils book. I totally loved him! So much to love! Alvin's fears are something kids will be able to relate with. As a former first grade teacher, I would have loved to have shared Alvin's adventures with my class. One huge plus is Alvin is a multicultural protagonist.

In this fifth book in the series, Alvin finds out his mother is pregnant. But worse she tells him, "Oh, you're simply pathetic pregnant." This after Alvin starts feeling the same way his mother does. Alvin is like any second grader out there and takes things literally meaning he actually thinks he'll have a baby too! This is where the story had me laughing out loud. The chapter where Alvin's classmates check out all about being pregnant is hilarious!

I loved his definition of the ultra sound photo his mother has of her baby on the refrigerator:

...Baby?
That's a baby?
I thought they were satellite pictures of UFO landings!...

Love it!

The interactions he has with his fellow classmates are real and also funny too. And I love his family! The multicultural dynamics in this series is a breath of fresh air.

Some of my favorite parts include having Flea, the patched eye girl in his class, telling a news reporter that Alvin is pregnant. That's why he's so big. And the reaction of Alvin, is priceless!

So much to love in this story. His older brother Calvin and his interest in anything to do with DMV rules. **You never too young to know them! I love his engineering design to help stop a thief that has been robbing houses near them.

The only thing that I did want to see was a resolution behind who was stealing but then again sometimes things like this aren't resolved in real life.

Laugh out loud hilarious with a character who will sure be a hit in any elementary classroom. If you love Junie B. Jones, this story is a must read. Highly recommended for classroom libraries!
Good Points
1. Hilarious
2. As a former first grade teacher, I know kids will be able to relate with Alvin's fears and other events in his life
3. Great multi-cultural character
Report this review Was this review helpful to you? 0 0

Comments

Already have an account? or Create an account
Powered by JReviews

FEATURED GIVEAWAYS

Latest Book Listings Added

Instructions for Dancing
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
THE INSTANT #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The critically...
Jonathan: Prince of Dreams
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
Still recovering from the tragic loss of his mother, typical...
Missing the Beat
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
The dream job? Check. The best friends? Check....
Meeting the Star
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
The spotless reputation? Check. The gorgeous movie star?...
Making the Play
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
The school of her dreams? Check. The perfect...
Runaway : Immortals of Indriell
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
They claim her mother died a hero. They...
The Tragedy of Dane Riley
 
4.3
 
0.0 (0)
A teen confronts his feelings about his father’s death, his...
Even and Odd
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Even and Odd are sisters who share magic. Lately, though,...
Bee a Good Human: A Pollinators' Guide to a Better Life
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
Combining inspiration, humor, and entomology, Instagram artist Ali Beckman (@SoFlyTaxidermy)...
Goodnight, Little Bunny
 
4.5
 
0.0 (0)
Meet Little Bunny on the day that she ventures out...
Flying Over Water
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
N.H. Senzai and Shannon Hitchcock expertly craft the intersection of...
Rukhsanna Guidroz
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Samira thinks of her life as before and after: before...
Not Now, Cow
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
In this hilarious picture book, all of the farm animals...
Cucu! en el Mar/Peekaboo! in the Ocean
 
4.5
 
0.0 (0)
Peekaboo! Who's hiding in the ocean? Lift the flap to...
Family Reunion
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
In this contemporary #OwnVoices tale, a boy is reluctant to...
A Season of Sinister Dreams
 
4.3
 
0.0 (0)
Furyborn meets A Curse So Dark and Lonely in this...

Latest Member Reviews

See You in the Cosmos
 
5.0
"Eleven-year-old Alex has dreams that extend beyond the stratosphere. His main goal, of course, is to follow in the footsteps..."
Into the Lion's Den (Devlin Quick #1)
 
4.0
"Dev, whose mother is the police commissioner in Ne.w York City, has never known her father, a journalist killed before..."
The Best Man
 
5.0
"Archer lives a fairly ordinary but pleasant suburban life with a fantastic family. His grandfather, an architect, designed the elementary..."
The Girl With Borrowed Wings
 
4.3
" Frenenqer Paje has wings. But they're not real, of course, only imagined. She is quiet and obedient, living in..."
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
 
3.0
" Violet's ex-rich family isn't much help to her and her brother; after all, their parents ditched them for Europe...."
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
 
5.0
"BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA is a dark and beautiful story set in a small town by..."
Burning Blue
 
4.0
"I really enjoyed Burning Blue. I was surprised it was from a male's perspective when I started, but I..."
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
 
2.3
"I have to confess that I’ve never read much of Gothic horror, but I thought I would give this book..."
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
 
4.0
"I finally got around to reading this. After missing packages and faulty winnings, I ended up buying this book after..."
Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two
 
4.5
"This is a book based on the real life story of how Navajo used their own language and a code..."
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
 
3.3
" Opening Line: You stop fearing the Devil when you’re holding his hand. Between the Devil and the Deep..."
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
 
4.0
"I read this book in a day. While i didnt study for my math quarterly or do my homework. It..."
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
 
4.3
"If I had to choose one book to represent who I am, it would be Between the Devil and the..."
Secrets at Sea
 
4.5
"Throw spiders, snakes, or scorpions at me and I’ll be perfectly fine. Rodents, however, are a different story entirely. I’ll..."
Counting by 7s
 
4.0
"What I Loved: Gah, the adorableness of this book. Middle grades can be so good, because they give that focus..."
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
 
4.7
"What I loved: It's been a long time since I felt like a book was written just for me. How..."
Texting the Underworld
 
5.0
"Texting the Underworld is truly unique! It is one of those books you just don't want to put down but..."
The Friday Society
 
4.7
"Love the steampunk elements!"
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
 
5.0
"Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke ARC received from Penguin Teen Release Date: ..."
The Treachery of Beautiful Things
 
N/A
AH Alison Hong
"The Treachery of Beautiful Things is amazing, in summary. With an awesome storyline and conflict, I admire the entertaining twist..."